jules21 wrote:i know people will disagree with me, but the winner now is arguably the person with the best genetic attributes. is that really any better? doping is bad as it's dangerous to riders' health, but i'm unconvinced for reasons beyond that.
There seems to be credible evidence that the winners aren't necessarily those with the best genes - some of the counter evidence is overviewed in the
Sports Illustrated Why MLB hitters can't hit Jennie Finch and science behind reaction time. Although the 10,000 hours thesis doesn't explain it all, it holds a fair part of the truth. That's what we admire in sports champions (and even champion
violinist, chess players and medical researchers) etc.,. - that they've put in the hard yards.
PED users are just bludging off the 10,000 hours some backroom biochemical lab rat put into concocting the latest undetectable PED. Worse still, we'd
all be better off if the lab rat had put his learning into a more admirable use like curing cancer or other diseases.